Political Animal


January 25, 2013 8:36 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

For no particular reason, here’s the James Gang performing “Walk Away” in 1971.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • stevio on January 25, 2013 8:52 AM:

    Excellent Smithers...

  • c u n d gulag on January 25, 2013 9:41 AM:

    FSM, what a great guitarist Joe Walsh was... IS!

    And I'd almost forgotten how much I loved his work with "The James Gang," and his solo stuff.

    Begrudgingly, over time, I've come to appreciate "The Eagles," more and more.

    I was too into Punk back then, and New Wave later, to appreciate many of their fine melodies and terrific lyrics - that, and I was "Hotel California'd" to death!!!
    I wasn't too into Bruce Springsteen either, for the same reason. Which, since I alway loved Dylan, Simon, and Phil Ochs, was kind of stupid of me.

    My 3 most overplayed songs of all time:
    Stairway to Heaven.
    Hotel California.

    All good songs, but not their bands best - AND ALL OVERPLAYED TO THE POINT WHERE I HATED THEM FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS!!!

  • Kathryn on January 25, 2013 1:09 PM:

    I love this song! I actually thought it was from the later 70's. I was a young teen then and my favorite rock station played almost constantly.

  • Linkmeister on January 25, 2013 3:01 PM:

    Listen to the bass line in "Funk 49" from the same band. It wasn't just Walsh who had talent in the group.